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Hamilton Russel

The "Hamilton Russel Vineyards" winery is located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth Valley) in the South African wine-growing district Walker Bay, This southernmost winery in South Africa is only three kilometers from the Atlantic coast. The seaside resort of Hermanus is very close. It was founded in 1976 by the Englishman Tim Hamilton-Russel, a former chairman of an international advertising agency. This is considered one of the South African viticulture pioneers of recent times. Together with winemaker Peter Finlayson (who then founded the "Bouchard Finlayson" winery with Paul Bouchard in 1990), he produced wines from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in Burgundy style, which caused a sensation from the early 1980s.

His son Anthony has been running the business since 1991. This initiated a subdivision of the vineyards into 16 different soil types that match certain grape varieties. There was a complete redesign, for example Sauvignon Blanc was planted on sandstone floors. The vineyards cover 65 hectares of vineyards on barren and stony soils with a high content of clay and slate. The grapes are harvested in four vintages, in which only the most ripe grapes are harvested. The fermentation takes place in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, the expansion in French oak. The top brand is the unfiltered Pinot Noir "Ashborne", which was first produced in 1996. The sub-winery "Southern Right Cellars" (15 ha) focuses on the Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, Around 200,000 bottles of wine are produced annually.

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